Day 16: Digital Diet
The Grind-ies are the gravelly, down and dirty, mentally painful, zero-to-something thinking, learning, and producing that it takes to create something of your own. The Grind-ies Challenge is a 30 day pursuit to enter the Grind-ies mindset on a regular basis and document the experience.
The greatest thing netted from this challenge is the confidence to take on more challenges. "If I can confront resistance, I can battle anything."
So I put myself on a digital diet: only 3 Facebook/Twitter checks per day, cold turkey on Instagram, no social media checks until I've been awake for 30 minutes, my phone on the charger in the kitchen at all times, especially while I sleep.
The results: my brain feels great, I've been sleeping better, harder tasks are easier and pleasurable activities are more fun.
I think I forgot that my brain has a way of producing natural, feel-good chemicals when I don't artificially block it from anxiety disguised as boredom.
What do you think it takes for a person to get in a mindset like this? If we know these things are good, why not make them popular? Why is this not mainstream? I've never understood that.
And then as I adopt these habits I have to manage the fruit it brings. I don't want to be the guy parading the benefits of my harder decisions. I mean, I am on this blog, but that's kind of what documenting this challenge is.
There are downsides to this too. Actually, no there aren't. There aren't downsides to steadfast focus on my long-term goals. I thought I had something but I don't.
Get at me.
Time in the Grind-ies: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Projects: work-for-hire gig
How I felt afterward: Like I've, without a doubt, created a job for myself, and I'm extremely happy about that. Just like yesterday, I only counted my work-for-hire gig as my time in the Grind-ies, but I did more. I'm trying to differentiate the time where I do the hard work that moves things forward and the organizational/structural work.